11 days in Honolulu & Island of Hawaii Itinerary

11 days in Honolulu & Island of Hawaii Itinerary

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Honolulu
— 5 nights
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Hilo
— 2 nights
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Waikoloa
— 3 nights
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Honolulu — 5 nights

In many ways much more Asian than American, Honolulu is Hawaii's largest city and its center of government, transportation, commerce, and tourism.
Get out of town with these interesting Honolulu side-trips: Haleiwa (Sunset Beach Park & Waimea Bay), Kailua Beach Park (in Kailua) and Pu’u O Mahuka Heiau State Monument (in Pupukea). There's lots more to do: explore the different monuments and memorials at USS Arizona Memorial, don't miss a visit to Battleship Missouri Memorial, get engrossed in the history at Iolani Palace, and buy something for everyone on your list at Ala Moana Center.

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Honolulu travel planner.

Toronto, Canada to Honolulu is an approximately 13-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time (HST), which is usually a -5 hour difference. Traveling from Toronto in April, things will get much warmer in Honolulu: highs are around 33°C and lows about 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Hilo.
Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites
Side Trips

Hilo — 2 nights

One of the island of Hawaii's major towns, Hilo contains a mix of Asian and Polynesian cultures and is known for its proximity to a national park encompassing two active volcanoes.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Thu): examine the collection at Jagger Museum, then identify plant and animal life at Devastation Trail, then stroll through Kilauea Iki Trailhead, and finally explore the striking landscape at Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku). Keep things going the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Liliuokalani Gardens, see the interesting displays at Pacific Tsunami Museum, then immerse yourself in nature at Akaka Falls State Park, and finally hike along Kipuka Puaulu (Bird Park) Trail.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Hilo road trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from Honolulu to Hilo takes 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in April, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can drive to Waikoloa.
Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature
Side Trips

Waikoloa — 3 nights

Waikoloa Village is a census-designated place (CDP) in Hawaii County, Hawaii, United States. On the 23rd (Sat), tour the pleasant surroundings at Puukohola National Historic Park, then kick back and relax at Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area, then discover the deep blue sea with Hawai'i Surf and Kayak, and finally explore and take pictures at Puako Petroglyph Archaeological Preserve. On the 24th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Anaehoomalu, then stroll through Mauna Kea Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Pololu Valley Lookout.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Waikoloa sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Hilo to Waikoloa in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly back home.
Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Nature
Side Trips

Island of Hawaii travel guide

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Scuba & Snorkeling · Swim with Dolphins · Beaches
The Big Island
Aptly nicknamed the "Big Island," the Island of Hawaii features sunny, black-sand beaches on the western side by Kona and a tropical rain forest on the eastern by Hilo. In between, the massive mountain Maunaloa covers half the island, and Kilauea, one of the world's most active volcanoes, erupts continuously. Twice as large as all the other Hawaiian Islands combined, this big chunk of land in the Pacific manages to retain a laid-back atmosphere despite its immense popularity with tourists. Instead of spending your entire vacation at one of the island's luxurious tourist resorts, go on tours of this Pacific haven's coffee and macadamia nut plantations and working ranches, or explore its nature reserves and rugged trails.